Bacterial infection can cause inflammation of sinuses which leads to sinusitis. Those who have a weak immune system are more likely to develop bacterial or fungal sinus infections. Some people with allergies are also prone to developing an allergic sinus infection. An acute case of sinusitis can last for a period of three weeks to eight weeks and can prove to be very chronic.

Bhavani Pinisetti, Yoga & Pilates Expert, Founder at Laxmana Yoga & Pilates told HerZindagi that "while one should definitely seek medical guidance for a sinusitis diagnosis, some yoga practices can effectively help in providing relief as well as help build better immunity against the condition."

Jala Neti

jala neti

This is the yogic way of cleaning the nasal passage. Pinisetti shared that "it has a huge physiological effect on the mind, body, and also your personality. Physically, irrigation of the nasal mucosa helps in the removal of accumulated mucus from the nostrils, which is associated with sinuses and passages that allows the air to flow without obstructions.

"If you regularly practice Neti, it helps in maintaining healthy secretory and drainage mechanisms of the whole ear, nose and throat area. This helps to ward off coughs and allergic rhinitis. Neti is great for relieving muscular from your face and helps in maintaining that facial youth. 

"By practicing neti, you can release that accumulated emotional tension and it is great for treating depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and hysteria. Neti practice helps in balancing the left and right nostrils."

How to do Neti

  • Stand in a squatting position.
  • Add a pinch of salt to a Neti pot which should be full of sterile lukewarm water.
  • With your legs apart, stand or sit in a squatting position and gold the pot in your right hand. 
  • Insert the nozzles into your right nostril and keep your mouth open for breathing.
  • Tilt your head slightly backward, then forward, and then sideways on the left side so that the water from the pot enters the right nostrils and comes out through the left.
  • Do this till the pot is empty and repeat the same on the left side.
  • To clear the water, blow it out with kapalabhati.

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Things To Remember For Jal Neti

  • Avoid it if you have had a recent ear infection or nasal stent operation.
  • Avoid neti for a couple of days if you have had nose bleeding.
  • In the beginning, you can practice it daily for a period of two to three months and then do it thrice a week.

Here are some yogic management tips suggested by her for sinus

  • Asanas: Practice Pawanamuktasana as it is the best series along with Bhujangasana, Setubandhasana, Ustrasana. Practice these one to three times as per individual capacity.


  • Pranayama: Bhastrika, up to 5 rounds of 50 breaths.
  • Shatkarma: Jalaneti
  • Relaxation: Yoga nidra should be practiced daily as it is deeply relaxing and highly therapeutic.

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diet sinus

  • Diet: A diet of non-mucus forming a vegetarian diet should be followed. Avoid overeating, especially heavy, oily, and sweet foods. 

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Further recommendations:

In the winter season, make sure that the neck and chest are protected from cold. Steam inhalations at night will ease symptoms. Discontinue smoking.

So take care of yourselves and stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on health and fitness.